No cameras please!

What is the one thing you need most in order to take photographs? A camera? Incorrect! For the first half of this term, seven weeks in all, both GCSE and AS students have been creating images entirely without the use of a camera. Sophisticated and expensive digital equipment has been rejected in favour of old cardboard boxes and black duct tape. Card, curtains, and light-sensitive … Continue reading No cameras please!

UCAS Design Your Future

Any AS students interested in taking foundation or degree courses in Art & Design should go to the UCAS Design Your Future exhibition. There are representatives from all the universities who can tell you all about their courses AND what you need to do to get on their courses! Some will specify Foundation courses but if you’re portfolio is strong enough it’s more than possible … Continue reading UCAS Design Your Future

The rise of the infographic

AS Graphics students will be investigating the graphic language of infographics for their coursework this term. In our increasingly time challenged world, it seems that the infographic has become king.  Everywhere you look, complex date is being presented in a more visual way. Why? 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual with more than half of our grey matter being dedicated to this … Continue reading The rise of the infographic

Ready for September 2015!

The new academic year is nearly upon us and we’re all ready to start again! We have two new members of staff joining us this year, Joe Becci – ex RIC student and Illustration graduate and Peter Quirke – Graphic Design. Welcome to our fabulous Art Department. I am also back from maternity leave and raring to go! Welcome back all staff and students and … Continue reading Ready for September 2015!

End of Year Show 2015 – Photography GCSE and A-Level

The Rochester Independent College Summer Festival takes place tomorrow, Wednesday 24th June, and a major attraction is the annual Visual Arts Department Exhibition featuring work from Fine Art, Photography, Graphics, and Textiles students at both GCSE and A-level. It has been a good year once again, this time with a greater number of students studying Visual Arts subjects. I hope you agree that the standard … Continue reading End of Year Show 2015 – Photography GCSE and A-Level

RIC student photographs for Kent Life magazine

Last term A-level Photography student Lizzie Bradshaw was commissioned to photograph the Rochester Cathedral Trust reception, featuring the Countess of Wessex amongst its guests. Not only did she rise to the challenge, but Kent Life magazine filled most of its account of the event with her photographs. A great success for all involved, and invaluable practice for Lizzie. There is no better way of learning about photography than first-hand experience. Continue reading RIC student photographs for Kent Life magazine

Golden time: Film and Photography students visit Whitstable

‘In film and photography the golden hour (sometimes known as the magic hour) is a period shortly after sunrise or before sunset during which daylight is warmer and softer compared to when the sun is higher in the sky.’ On Thursday afternoon, November 20th, A-level Film and Photography students took the train to Whitstable for a much-needed change in scenery to use in the development of their coursework … Continue reading Golden time: Film and Photography students visit Whitstable

‘Shooting people as they walk out the door’ – Tricia Yourkevich, BBC Photographer, visits RIC

Tricia Yourkevich has one of the busiest schedules and tightest deadlines of any photographer. She is currently the picture editor and photographer for BBC Audio and Music, having cut her teeth on BBC iPlayer when it was in its infancy (anyone remember a time before iPlayer?) We are living in a visual, image-lead world, and Tricia’s job is to make sure anything that is promoted online as … Continue reading ‘Shooting people as they walk out the door’ – Tricia Yourkevich, BBC Photographer, visits RIC

A2 Photography Students in London

The A2 Photography students visited London for the day, taking in the Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, followed by The Photographers’ Gallery in the afternoon. In between they took as many photographs as they could while on the streets, paying particular attention to the people and their surroundings. A curious eye and a fast trigger finger were essential … Continue reading A2 Photography Students in London